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Entertainment MSNBC Flip-Flops, Rehires Contributor Sam Seder: ‘Sometimes You Just Get One Wrong’

18:51  07 december  2017
18:51  07 december  2017 Source:   thewrap.com

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“ Sometimes you just get one wrong — and that’s what happened here,” Phil Griffin, the cable network’s president said in a statement on Thursday announcing that the cable network had rehired Sam Seder , a political commentator and host of the “Majority Report” podcast.

Officials said she would be welcome on MSNBC but as an unpaid contributor . They said the decision not to renew her contract was made based on the network’s budget and a desire to keep a diverse set of voices on the MSNBC Rehires Contributor Sam Seder : ‘ Sometimes You Just Get One Wrong ’.

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MSNBC reversed course on Thursday, announced that it would rehire contributor Sam Seder just days after it had cut ties with him over a tweeted joke about Roman Polanski and rape from 2009.

"Sometimes you just get one wrong -- and that's what happened here," network president Phil Griffin said in a remarkable act of contrition. "We made our initial decision for the right reasons -- because we don't consider rape to be a funny topic to be joked about."

Griffin acknowledged the criticism that the network had received for its decision to cut ties with Seder -- with many citing the role that pro-Trump journalist and activist Mike Cernovich played in publicizing Seder's now-deleted tweet -- factored into the reversal.

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The Intercept reported Thursday that MSNBC will reverse its decision to end its contract with contributor Sam Seder over a satirical tweet he sent in In a statement Thursday, MSNBC President Phil Griffin seemed to agree: “ Sometimes you just get one wrong , and that’s what happened here.

" Sometimes you just get one wrong -- and that's what happened here. We made our initial decision for the right reasons -- because we "If he does this again," Seder said of Cernovich, "people can just flood the zone with it." Just as he had earlier in the week when MSNBC dropped Seder , Cernovich

"But we've heard the feedback, and we understand the point Sam was trying to make in that tweet was actually in line with our values, even though the language was not," Griffin said. "Sam will be welcome on our air going forward."

In an additional statement, Seder said he accepted the apology.

"I appreciate MSNBC's thoughtful reconsideration and willingness to understand the cynical motives of those who intentionally misrepresented my tweet for their own toxic, political purposes," he said. "I'm proud that MSNBC and its staff have set a clear example of the need to get it right."

As TheWrap exclusively reported, the network originally planned to keep Seder off the air and not renew his contract in February after a 2009 rape joke about Roman Polanski. The joke -- contained in a now deleted tweet -- was first brought to wide public attention by the pro-Trump journalist and activist Mike Cernovich.

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